Top Australian Baby Names for 2021

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Australia’s Most Wanted Baby Names for 2021 – with major influences from mythology, Hollywood and royalty

  • So far, Australia’s most popular baby names have been revealed for 2021
  • The list is based on the most searched monikers on website Nameberry
  • Luna is the country’s favorite name for girls, followed by Isla and Aurora
  • Arlo is most popular with baby boys, with Hugo and Oscar right behind them

Australia’s most searched baby names suggest that moms and dads are looking to Celtic mythology, Disney and Hollywood for inspiration in 2021.

The most searched girls name on the baby name website Nameberry is Luna, which is inspired by famous couple John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s five-year-old daughter, Luna Simone.

The best choice for boys is Arlo, which has grown in popularity thanks to the comeback of old-fashioned American names.

According to data collected by McCrindle Research, Arlo has come out of nowhere in recent years to reach number 35 on Australia’s top 100 baby names list.

Celtic mythology, Disney princesses and real-life royalty had the biggest impact on Australian parents naming newborns this year (stock image)

Top five Australian girl names

1. Luna

2. Isla

3. Aurora

4. Mia

5. Maeve

Source: Nameberry

Top five Australian boy names

1. Arlo

2. Hugo

3. Oscar

4. Leo

5. Theodore

Source: Nameberry

Isla – one of Queen Elizabeth’s great-granddaughters – is the second most searched girl name, ahead of Aurora, the real name of the Disney princess, Sleeping Beauty.

Mia, another great-granddaughter of the queen, is fourth, followed by Maeve – the name of an ancient Celtic queen.

For boys, Hugo is the second choice, followed by Oscar, Leo and Theodore.

The girls

Luna has grown steadily in popularity since she first appeared on the world map of names in 2003, with a surge seen after the birth of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s daughter, Luna Simone, in 2016.

Isla climbed three places after appearing fifth last year, while Aurora – the protagonist of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty – ranks in the top five for the first time.

Mia, another great-granddaughter of the queen, is fourth, and Maeve – a legendary warrior queen in pre-Christian Ireland – rounds out the list in fifth place.

The most searched girls name on the baby name website Nameberry is Luna, which is inspired by Hollywood couple John Legend and Chrissy Teigen's five-year-old daughter, Luna Simone (stock image)

The most searched girls name on the baby name website Nameberry is Luna, which is inspired by Hollywood couple John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s five-year-old daughter, Luna Simone (stock image)

The boys

Short male names ending in ‘O’ have grown in popularity in Australia in recent years, so it’s no surprise that Arlo is the country’s most sought after choice for baby boys.

Second is Hugo, a German name meaning ‘spirit’, while Oscar – another name from Anglo-Irish and Nordic mythology – is the third.

Continuing the theme of short ‘O’ names, Leo is in fourth place and Theodore – Theo for short – is in fifth place.

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